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Walmart Executive to Address Spring 2013 Graduates

Sharon Orlopp, Global Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President of Walmart, will address the graduates during the 146th Spring Commencement of Fayetteville State University (FSU). The event will be held at 9 a.m. on May 4, in the Crown Coliseum. More than 500 graduates will receive degrees at the bachelor, masters, and doctoral levels. The public is invited.


Orlopp is responsible for advancing a diverse workforce with 2.1 million associates worldwide. She served as Senior Vice President of People Division at Sam's West, Inc. She has more than 25 years of management experience; 16 of those years have been spent in the human resources arena. She came to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in 2003.
Orlopp's responsibilities included ... training and development, associate processes, event planning and communication, compensation and all aspects of human resources. Prior to Sam's, Orlopp served as Vice President of Human Resources at Gart Sports where she was responsible for the sporting goods retailer's compensation, benefits, training, recruiting, Public Relations, and Investor Relations. Before that, she spent 17 years at Footlocker where she worked her way up through the ranks from sales associate to become the Vice President of Human Resource Administration. She serves as Director of Women's Foodservice Forum, Inc.
Orlopp serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Business Women's Research, known as the leading authority on women business owners and their enterprises worldwide. She is also a Board Member for Northwest Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute, NARTI, and Future Business Leaders of America, FBLA.
Presiding over commencement will be FSU Chancellor James A. Anderson, the 11th chief executive officer. He began his duties on June 9, 2008. Before coming to FSU, Anderson served as the University of Albany’s Vice President for Student Success and Vice Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity.
Raised in Washington, D.C, Anderson majored in psychology at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, graduating in 1970. He later earned a doctoral degree in the field (1980) from Cornell University in New York. Early in his career, Anderson chaired the Department of Psychology at Xavier University in New Orleans (1976-1983) before joining Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a professor of psychology.
In 1992, he began an 11-year tenure as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at North Carolina State University. In that role, he was credited with leading a revision of the general education curriculum, as well as the development of the First Year College, the Honors Programs, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, the Minority Engineering Program, and the North Carolina State Diversity Initiative, among others.
In 2003, Anderson was recruited to Texas A&M University, a major land-grant institution serving more than 46,000 students, as Vice President and Associate Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity. He held that post until joining the University at Albany in 2005.
FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina System, FSU has nearly 6,000 students and offers degrees in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
For more information, please call (910) 672-1474.

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